Melania Trump was a no-show in Delaware Wednesday as her husband paid his respects to a Navy SEAL killed during a raid in Yemen.
President Trump made an unannounced trip to Dover Air Force Base to honor the returning remains of the SEAL killed in the raid over the weekend that took out more than a dozen militants — but also a number of civilians.
Assuming the first lady duties was Trump's daughter Ivanka, who accompanied her father as they paid tribute to 36-year-old Chief Special Warfare Operator William "Ryan" Owens.
Attending Chief Ryan Owens' Dignified Transfer yesterday with my daughter Ivanka was my great honor. To a great and brave man - thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017
An 8-year-old girl was also among the 30 people killed in the operation inside an al-Qaida compound, three other U.S. military members were also injured.
Melania Trump has not been seen at a public event since a prayer service 12 days ago.
The report has been flatly denied by a spokesman for Trump’s third wife.
"Mrs. Trump will be moving to D.C. and settling into the White House at the end of the school year, splitting her time between New York and D.C. in the meantime," the spokesperson said.
The statement added that she was "taking the role and responsibilities of the first lady very seriously."